Time to Play!
Creative ways to have fun, with children, in Georgetown.
In my short time as a mother, I have learned one thing … keeping baby entertained is KEY!
When you live in a city apartment, as I do, you have to come up with easy and creative activities for children. We don't have mega parks in Georgetown but we do have a lot of other fun and inventive options.
A good place to start is the Georgetown Moms online forum on Yahoo Groups. With over 700 members, this is a wonderful resource for parents that are looking for everything from how to start a play group for Czech speakers to where to enroll your 3 year old in dance classes.
Personally, I love both Rose Park and the Old Stone House on M St. Rose Park is located between P and M Streets, bordered by 26th and 27th Streets. It has two playgrounds and even tennis and basketball courts for mom and dad. There's an extensive open space for little tykes that want to run around and if you go on Wednesday afternoons between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., you can shop at the Rose Park Farmers Market.
If you find yourself wandering thru M St. and your little angel needs to get out of the stroller, pop into the Old Stone House. Located at 3051 M St., this is the perfect place for a break from the city. There's no jungle gym here but kids will love to run around and look at the flowers and trees. It's a pretty and serene spot where mom can sit on a bench and smell the roses while junior lets off some energy.
Weather not cooperating? Georgetown has plenty of indoor options as well.
The new Georgetown Library, re-opening late Oct. 18, (3260 R St. ) will have a big and bright children's room with a unique story time space. Have a little one that won't sit through story time? Go to Jonah's Treehouse (www.jonahstreehouse.com ) at 2121 Wisconsin Ave. They offer an inventive activity area that enhances children's imaginations.
Moms with dancing divas, might want to consider the Centre de Danse (www.centrededanse.info) at 3254 Prospect St. Trained in Cannes, director Theresa Kramer takes wannabe ballerinas as young as three into her studio.
So, while you might be at a disadvantage because you don't have a backyard with a plastic princess castle, living in Georgetown does offer a lot of options for its younger residents, you just have to be a little resourceful and innovative.